John Baldessari

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John Baldessari was born in National City, California. He attended San Diego State University and did post-graduate work at Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA from 1970 – 1988 and the University of California at Los Angeles from 1996 – 2007.

Baldessari’s artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His projects include artist books, videos, films, billboards and public works. His awards and honors include memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, the BACA International 2008, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, awarded by La Biennale di Venezia and the City of Goslar Kaiserring in 2012. He has received honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland, San Diego State University, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, and California College of the Arts.

Recent projects include exhibitions in New York, Europe, and Los Angeles; an exhibition at the Mönchehaus Museum Goslar (Goslar, Germany) in 2012; the traveling retrospective “John Baldessari: Pure Beauty”; an exhibition with the Fondazione Prada in Milan, Italy; installations at the Museum Haus Lange (Krefeld, Germany), the Temporary Stedelijk 2 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and the Manchester International Festival (Manchester, United Kingdom); John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples 1971-2007 was published in 2009 by Hudson Hills Press and John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné, Volume One: 1956-1974 was published by Yale University Press in 2012.


1949-53       B.A., San Diego State College, San Diego, CA
1954-55       University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
1955       University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
1955-57       M.A., San Diego State College, San Diego, CA
1957-59       Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA



Madame Cézanne’s Hairdos, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
“John Baldessari – New Works”, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich
L’image volée, Fondazione Prada, Milan
“John Baldessari,” Sprüth Magers Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA


Front Row, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
“John Baldessari. The Städel Paintings,” Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
“John Baldessari: Pictures and Scripts,” Marian Goodman Gallery, London, England
“John Baldessari: Early Work,” Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France


“John Baldessari: Movie Scripts/Art,” Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
“John Baldessari: Scene ( ) / Take ( ),” Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels, Belgium
“The News,” Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York, NY
“John Baldessari & Ed Ruscha,” Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM


“John Baldessari: Installation Works, 1987 – 1989,” Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
“Morsels and Snippets,” Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
“This is Not a Love Song,” La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, Spain “John Baldessari: Crowds,” Mixografia and For Your Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Keep it Simple. Keep it Fresh,” Galerie Michael Janssen Singapore, Singapore


“John Baldessari: Eight Soups,” IFDPA Print Fair, New York, NY
“John Baldessari: Double Play,” Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY “John Baldessari,” Mönchehaus Museum Goslar, Goslar, Germnay
“John Baldessari / Rirkrit Tiravanija,” 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA
“John Baldessari: Double Bill (Part 2),” Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“John Baldessari: Double Bill,” Marian Goodman Gallery Paris, France
“John Baldessari: videowerken 1970-1977,” Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands


“John Baldessari: Double Feature,” Sprüth Magers Berlin, Berlin, Germany
“John Baldessari: Double Vision,” Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich
“John Baldessari: Your Name in Lights,” Australian Museum, William Street façade, Sydney, Australia. Project with Kaldor Art Projects, presented as part of the Sydney Festival (Kaldor Art Project #23). Traveled to Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


“John Baldessari: The Giacometti Variations,” Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy.
“John Baldessari: Sediment (Part 2),” Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
“John Baldessari: Foot and Stocking (With Big Toe Exposed),” Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA “John Baldessari: Sediment,” Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“John Baldessari: Blue Line (Holbein),” Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA